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GTA Spano Supercar Revealed

 GTA Spano Supercar Revealed
GTA Spano

Boasts a top speed in excess of 350 km/h (217.5 mph)

If you've ever wondered what a Dodge Viper would look like if it traded its in-your-face American exterior for a sleek European body, GTA has the answer in the form of their new Spano supercar.

The uniquely styled Spano features a low slung front end, LED headlight accents, and sculpted sides which merge into the air intakes to maximize cooling of the engine, power steering system and brakes. Perhaps the most interesting design aspect is the Spano's glass roof which boasts an opaqueness adjustment system and has small openings above the engine to further improve cooling. Other key design elements include handless doors, 19" front and 20" rear wheels, a bold rear spoiler, and massive dual exhaust pipes.

As with most specialty supercars, the interior leaves something to be desired as it features a bland design and questionable materials. While we cannot fault GTA for their use of carbon fiber trim and aluminum accents, the flat surfaces and ungainly control knobs clash with the car's aerodynamic exterior. Despite this minor annoyance, the Spano features several interesting touches such as a large LCD display which doubles as rear view monitor and two trunks - a 100 liter one up front and a 200 liter one in the rear. GTA promises that the car can comfortably seat an individual who is over 2 meters (6.56 feet) tall but getting in and out might prove tricky.

Power comes from an 8.3-liter V10 engine (supposedly from the Dodge Viper) that produces 780 horsepower and 920 Nm torque, an optional bio-ethanol version cranks out 840 horsepower. With the base engine, the Spano can run from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 350 km/h (217.5 mph). The engine is connected to either a seven-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed sequential automatic transmission which is available with or without steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

The Spanish supercar is built on a chassis that is completely constructed from carbon fiber, titanium and Kevlar. This unique arraignment weighs just 56 kg (the total car weighs 1350 kg) and offers up to four times the rigidity of traditional supercars. Other performance equipment includes massive 380 mm (14.96") carbon ceramic ventilated disc brakes with six piston calipers, Pirelli tires, a sophisticated traction control system, and an adjustable suspension.

 

Published May 4, 2009 4:17 am By Michael Gauthier

Main features

* Amazing design
* Development of several world patents
* Chassis made out of carbon fibre, titanium and Kevlar
* The only car in the world, built from materials based on aeronautical technology
* The fastest and most powerful automobile built in Spain for commercial purposes
* Glass roof with its exclusive lighting and opaqueness system
* V10 Engine, 8,3 litres and 780 hp, and 840 hp in the bioethanol version (optional)
* Fully equipped
* Manual sequence gearbox, automatic sequential with paddle shift or manual in H
* Exclusively guaranteed with only 99 models manufactured

Project

After 15 years of top automobile motorsport, five years ago GTA Motor decided to go one step forward and make director Domingo Ochoa´s dream come true; build a super sports car that combines all the automobile technology with perfect, sportsmanship, elegance and exclusivity.

So, Ochoa, with more that 30 year´s experience in the automobile sector, Ochoa set the basis to accomplish his project, a leading Spanish super sport car in an attempt to combine the select and reduced club of handicraft constructors.

The technological experience and the development of applied innovations, became the basic factor of this project, and contributed revolutionary technical solutions in the automobile sector.

The use of new technologies in several components led to a more ecological product than other, similar products presently in the market. GTA intends to convert this technological transfer into a launching point for a new pioneering automobile industry in Spain.

Designed by GTA Motor´s engineering director, Valencian-born Sento Pallardó, the GTA Spano boasts the most advanced technology, innovative aesthetics, studied aerodynamics and a good number of solutions for the future, all of which are capable of competing with international prestigious brands in terms of image and performance.

As a sign of its exclusivity, only 99 models of this extraordinary super sport car will be built to order and several world patents have been obtained. Indeed it is a car that is the beginning of an industry wich leads to job creation and also to the transfer of the resulting technology to other sectors of society.

Design

GTA Motor´s design department , directed by Sento Pallardó, has striven to create an unique automobile that does not resemble other cars in any way. In this way, a preliminary design has been evolving until the present-day, which has succeeded in combining sportsmanship, elegance and exclusivity in a single concept. In other words, a very different style to that which currently exists in the international automobile scene.

One of Spano´s main distinguishing characteristics lies in its lateral view, where the doors fit perfectly into the air intakes, which apart from performing an aerodynamic function, refrigerate elements such as oil coolers, power-assisted steering and brakes, among others. Its design is original, never seen to date, this being yet another distinguishing mark of Concept. As in all true sports cars, the doors have not door frames.

Access to the interior is accomplished by pressing the GTA logotype, rendering it, a more elegant design without the traditional handles.

In its frontal view affords it with a strong personality along with its two large lateral air intakes nd its convex bonnet, completed with an aerodynamic streamlining zone to facilitate the air flow, providing it with an athletic look.

At the rear, the design department has attempted to create the best way to channel the air that flows under the car. The resulting effect is a rear design with plenty of character, marked by the use of glass, which has small openings that perform a refrigeration function for the engine. The wing fits perfectly into the design with under air channeling, while the two air intakes and the twin exhaust system emphasise the vehicle´s sport character. There is a rear barrel to channel air and to improve the aerodynamic load.

The design for the wing mirrors has been a framework with carbon fibre finished with a wing-like arm, built in aeronautical mechanised aluminium.

The large glazed surface, affords the vehicle a strong quality, which is another of its distinguishing traits. The vehicle has a patented system of interior lighting and liquid crystal shading and the degree if light required inside may be regulated. Its completely novel sun visors are set into the glass and boast the same technology.

The electrically operated windows have been made according to the lastest technology, in such a way that the tracks are maintenance free and work problem free at various temperature.

The wheels, in 19" at the front and 20" at the rear, are characterised by their angular shape. They have been designed specifically for this model. Their design is exclusive for this car with offers a continuousness effect, with the chassis. There is a flat exterior part that performs an aerodynamic function, offering greater resistance and involving less weight.

Interior Design

The interior design has been one of the best kept secrets of the project. High quality materials such as leather and carbon fibre, aluminium and titanium have been used. Ample space is another of its characteristics and a person over 2 meters in height can be seated without problems.

The design of the dashboard feigns the lateral part of the car, and provides the interior wich much character. The instrument panel is distinguished by an LCD screen, which can be personalised according to the customer´s requirements and provides all the necessary information. The steering wheel is made out of carbon sportsmanship of this vehicle. A joystick is located behind the steering wheel to operate elements such as lights wipers and indicators.

One of Spano´s innovations is that it has no central rear-view mirror, rather a rear camera that projects on to an LCD screen which is perfectly located on the dashboard. It also has a large angular camera to facilitate parking maneuvers. This camera automatically connects after locking the rear gear. The interior lights also use LED technology.

The GTA has two boots, one 100 litre one at the front and one 200 litre one at the rear, which are certainly not out of place for an automobile of such characteristics. The front boot has a reverse opening system to make the task of entering luggage easier.

There are also two glove compartments, one located on the co-driver´s side and the other smaller one in the centre compartment. It also has practical compartments in both doors.

The interior colours range varies according to the customer´s preferences.

Equipment

Quality and elegance are the main characteristics of the GTA interior design which is also fully equipped.

• Sport seats
• Electronically regulating seats, with a heating and refrigeration system
• Leather trimmings with GTA anagrams
• ABS
• Wheel driving Control
• An active suspension control system which electronically self regulates and programmes the height of the suspension
• Electronic system powerful control
• Exclusive digital dashboard
• Xenon
• Navigator
• CD charger with MP3
• iPod Connection
• Bluetooth
• Electronically regulating windows
• Air conditioning
• 19" wheels at the front and 20" at the rear
• Exclusively designed 255/35 tyres at the front and 335/30 at the rear
• Carbon ceramic manufactured AP Racing brakes system with 6 piston calipers
• Self-regulation rear wing
• LED Technology
• Electrically regulated of exterior rear view
• Steering wheel with three carbon-made spokes
• Central locking
• Electrical handbrake
• Glass roof with patented lighting and opaqueness system
• Electrical sun visor
• Angular camera for parking maneuvers
• Laminated windscreen and non-frost glass
• Anti theft alarm and GPS location system
• Central locking with distance control
• Remote-controlled boot opening
• Reverse boot opening trunk to make placing luggage inside easier
• Exclusively designed suitcases with GTA anagrams

Engine

GTA has developed a special engine for this car, and has opted for a V10, 8,3 litre engine placed in a longitudinal rear position. It has 780 horsepower and 920 Nw torque. As an extra option, the Concept is also available in a Bioethanol version, which increases the power to 840 hp.

The GTA technicians have worked hard to enhance the compressor, so that GTA achieves amazing performances, at a top speed of over 350 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 Km/h in under threee seconds. These figures place it directly among the five fastest cars commercialised in the world. The precision of the engine´s control unit helps the engine to offer and increase in power progressively under all circumstances.

Spano also has an electronic power control system, provided according to customer´s wishes, which regulates power from a minimum of 450 cv to the maximum power.

The gearbox is available in three options, all of which have seven gears: automatically sequential or automatically sequential with a paddle shift steering wheel or manual in H.

Chasis and dynamic performance

The chassis has been one of aspects on which special emphasis has been places while constructing Spano. The most state of the art technologies has been applied to the automobile world, thus achieving Spano to be the first car in the wold with aeronautical components, which makes it a reference in the automobile scene.

The chassis has been built completely out of carbon fibre, titanium and Kevlar, whose a rigidity is four times greater than that of many of the presently commercialised super cars, which offers the best safety level. With this technology, the weight of the monocasc is only 56 kg, while the total weigh is 1350 kg, with all the liquids and the most convenient equipment on board.

Aerodynamics is another of the most important factors to be taken into account when designing GTA. With a CX of 0,35 and a CL of 2,35 with the set rear wing,GTA is one of the best available in this section.

Thanks to its especial chassis outline and the materials used, GTA has a large traction capacity and is easy to drive, which is unlike what one might think of a car whose power is close to 800 hp. In this case, it offers a turn ratio of 10,8 meters to assist driving which makes very impressive maneuverability.

To bring this huge potential to a standstill, GTA´s braking system includes 380 mm diameter carbon ceramic ventilated disc brakes and 6 piston callipers supllied by AP Racing, with pneumatic assistance and ABS. GTA Spano also has a sophisticated traction control system.

The tyres are manufactured exclusively for this car by Pirelli: 255/35 on a 19" front wheel and 330/35 on a 20" rear wheel .

Spano also offers an electronic, programmable self-regulating absorption assistance, which is capable of raising the car by up to 8 cm, to avoid irritating potholes and the regular speed bumps on roads. It also has a twin trapezium suspension, which enables all kinds of regulations.

Distribution

GTA has come to distribution agreements with the most important companies in the world automobile scene. GTA has dealers in countries such as China, United Arab Emirates, USA, Russia, Germany and Italy. Nowadays, pre-agreements in another countries exist with a view to increasing and consolidating the distribution chain.

GTA´s maintenance and after-sales service exclusivity are defined by firms with ample experience which fulfill all the requirements expected by GTA. In short it has sought the maximum quality in all the brand´s actions with no discrimination per geographical area.

Partners

GTA has come to distribution agreements with the most important companies in the world automobile scene. GTA has dealers in countries such as China, United Arab Emirates, USA, Russia, Germany and Italy. Nowadays, pre- agreements in another countries exist with a view to increasing and consolidating the distribution chain.

GTA´s maintenance and after-sales service exclusivity are defined by firms with ample experience wich fulfil all the requirements expected by GTA. In short it has sought the maximum quality in all the brand´s actions with no discrimination per geographical area.

Technical data

ENGINE
Position: Central rear longitudinal
Number of cylinders:. GTA supercharged V10
Cylinder capacity:8.300 cm3
Feed: fuel
Maximum powerful:hp/rpm: 780/6300 840/6250 (Bioethanol)
Torque (nw): 920

CHASIS AND BODYWORK
Structural monocoque used carbon fibre,honeycomb,Kevlar and titanium
Carbon fibre bodywork
Official weight: 1350
Fuel tank (litres):120
Boot: 100 (front) 200 (rear)

DIMENSIONS
Length/Width/Height/Gauge (metres):4,65/1,98/1,20/2,8
TRANSMISSION
Traction: Rear wheel driving
Gearbox: manual sequential with 7 speed, automatically sequential with
paddle shift or manual in H,

SUSPENSION
Double wishbone configuration
Regulating geometrical system
Electronically regulated wing
Wheels: 19 x10 front/20x 13 rear
Tyres; 255/35 ZR19 and 330/35 ZR20
Electronic shock absorber with height regulation
Vehicle height regulation

BRAKES
Carbon-ceramic brake system
Forced ventilation system
6 piston calipers AP Racing
ABS system

AERODYNAMICS
Wind Tunnel Developer ¼ scale model
Floor with lower Venturi tunnels
Maximum stability with minimum cx

PERFORMANCE
Maximum Speed of more than 350 Km/h
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 2,9 seconds

 

 

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Comments (18)

 BTB505 BTB505
Nice car ... i'd buy one!
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May 29, 2009 3:58 am
 vcpt11 vcpt11
The front, lateral and top views look fantastic. I read above that said it looks like Ferrari, corvette, Bugati, etc.. but in these days it's very hard to get a design completely new with out being too strange. About the back I didn't like it at first sight but when I saw the videos in youtube I like it much more. I expected more from the interior design but it's a pure engineering company build in GTA & Formula competition. So the technological level is very high with lot of new patents that for sure will see soon in new models but unfortunately the interior is not at the luxury level of other brands (I hope at least is comfortable). Another thing to mention is the driving behavior which is very smooth for this kind of cars, many of sport cars I tested are very uncomfortable driving also the seats aren't great for your back. I would love to test this one.
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May 22, 2009 3:51 pm
 yulei yulei
8.3-liter V10 engine ?a bit outdate.
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May 6, 2009 3:05 pm
 James2911 James2911
What about going the other way - taking an American muscle or super car body, along with its style, and putting in a modern Euro/Japanese-style DI I6, V8 or V12 engine, much like the Hyundai Genesis. It could work.
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May 5, 2009 1:56 pm
 giancarlo93 giancarlo93
not my style
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May 5, 2009 3:51 am
 jslcarfan jslcarfan
Im not a big fan of the design but a carbon kevlar and titanium platform sounds amazing to me.
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May 4, 2009 7:57 pm
 dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
That looks sick. I hope they make it.
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May 4, 2009 7:37 pm
 Sedaer Sedaer
I've got a bit of problem solving for you; LF-A+F430+Horrid interior=
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May 4, 2009 6:19 pm
 HEMI426 HEMI426
a 7 speed MANUAL gearbox that's a first. It's weird though that a jaguar xf with 500hp can do 225 mph and this with 280hp more 'only' can do 217.5 mph
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May 4, 2009 5:24 pm
 dmanero dmanero
Is it my imagination or is there some resemblence to the Lexus lf-a
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May 4, 2009 3:52 pm
 sideskraper sideskraper
why do designers only pay attention to the front three quarters of a car? the first 75% looks really nice. the rest, BABOW.
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May 4, 2009 3:43 pm
 Prince_Ash Prince_Ash
interior is hillarius, but the power wow. im surprised that a small company can produce an impressive car. although the engine belongs to someone else lol. still i would get this car if they changed the inside, as for the outside im not too much about looks (despite the inside) but its functional and thats what matters? anyways id rather they gut the inside and remove all that junk and keep it very GT style so its lighter. :)
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May 4, 2009 3:28 pm
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
Seriously, I don't really care about this power war anymore. Too many people are trying to become Bugatti beaters. I doubt anyone would go 210+mph thinking the car could set fire anyway. If I was looking for a good track-day car, I would get something cheaper and lighter like a Caterham or Lotus 2-Eleven.
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May 4, 2009 10:36 am
 lucifa lucifa
Love it, and I normally hate small companies making cars with engines from other manufacturers.
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May 4, 2009 10:14 am
 dvangar dvangar
seems to me pretty hideous, with a lack of proper design, i mean, theres a huge mix of supercar designs such as porsche, bugatti, ferrari, lamborghini and a bit of vw w12 concept, perhaps its rear bumper seems too much tuning-like
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May 4, 2009 9:40 am